Bozo, Sorogoye of Mali

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Bozo, Sorogoye of Mali

The Bozo are a West African ethnic group located predominantly along the Niger River in Mali. The name Bozo is thought to derive from Bambara bo-so, 'Bamboo house'. They are famous for their fishing and are occasionally referred to as the "masters of the river." Rock drawings linked to the Bozo date back as far as 6,000 years, but many aspects of their current culture took shape under the 10th century Ghana Empire, when the Bozo took possession of the banks of the Niger. Though the Bozo are overwhelmingly Muslim, they preserve a number of animist traditions as well.

Ministry Obstacles

Mali is not a hospitable land to outsiders, and conditions are often harsh. Also, the Bozo identity is strongly Muslim.

Outreach Ideas

Christians can carry stories from Scripture to the Bozo tribes, and also use Gospel recordings and films.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray for the few Christian believers among this Bozo tribe, that they will find teachers to help them grow in the faith. Pray they will come to a good understanding of how to follow Christ. Pray they will become strong disciples.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Sorogama Bozo will be able to care adequately for their families, and be able to send their children to school.

Scripture Focus

"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:40

People Name: Bozo, Sorogoye
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 324,000
World Population: 362,000
Language: Bozo, Jenaama
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image